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2 comments | December 22, 2006 | 9:30 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

Briefs for Petitioners


Brief of Petitioner Davenport
Brief of Petitioner Washington


Brief of amicus United States
Brief of amici States of Colorado, Alabama, Idaho, Ohio, Utah & Virginia
Brief of amicus American Legislative Exchange Council
Brief of amicus Asociation of American Educators
Brief of amicus Campaign Legal Center
Brief of amici Cato Institute, Reason Foundation & Center for Individual Freedom
Brief of amici Evergreen Freedom Foundation, Cascade Policy Institute, Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy, Excellent Education for Everyone, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Georgia Public Policy Foundation, James Madison Institute, John Locke Foundation, Nevada Policy Research Institute, Pacific Research Institute, Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, Small Business Hawaii & Competitive Enterprise Institute
Brief of amicus Institute for Justice
Brief of amicus National Federation of Independent Business Legal Foundation
Brief of amicus Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Brief of amicus Mountain States Legal Foundation
Brief of amicus Pacific Legal Foundation
Brief of amicus Religious Objectors of Northwest Professional Educators



Briefs for Respondent


Brief of Respondent Washington Education Association
Brief of amici AFL-CIO and Change to Win

Reply Briefs

Reply brief of Petitioner Washington
Reply brief of Petitioner Davenport

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0 comments | 9:27 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

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0 comments | 9:21 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

Columnist Quin Hillyer has a good piece about the case in the D.C. Examiner.

The U.S. Supreme Court next month has a chance to teach some important lessons to a major teachers’ union — and to the Washington state high court that acted as the teachers’ union pet.

In their brief against the WEA, the aggrieved non-WEA teachers provide an admirably long list of U.S. Supreme Court cases that support their commonsense argument that they can’t be forced, even by default, to give money to political causes they oppose. The Washington high court’s alternative is tyranny. It must not stand.

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0 comments | December 21, 2006 | 11:37 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

Brief of Respondent Washington Education Association

Brief of amici AFL-CIO and Change to Win

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0 comments | December 12, 2006 | 11:43 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

The Court has granted the U.S. Solicitor General's request to participate in oral argument.


05-1589
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0 comments | 9:24 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

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0 comments | December 07, 2006 | 8:20 AM | posted by Mike Reitz

The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore writes today on the cases before the Supreme Court. "Should you pay for someone else's opinions?" he asks. "A teachers union think so."


State of the Unions
BY STEPHEN MOORE



SPOKANE, Wash.--Teachers unions are supposed to promote the financial interests of, well, teachers--but not in Washington state. Here, the Washington Education Association is fighting some 4,000 nonmember teachers who don't want their paychecks raided each year and used for political activities that they don't believe in. "The right of free speech is being trampled" by the union political spending, complains Scott Carlson, a business teacher in Spokane. "And that's a right I hold very precious."

Too bad the unions don't. The WEA derisively refers to teachers like Mr. Carlson who want their money back not as free-speech advocates but "dissidents." The goal is to squash these dissidents by overturning Initiative 134, a law--approved by 72% of Washington voters in 1992--that requires unions to obtain written approval from teachers before dues are spent on campaigns or candidates. Back in March, the unions got a surprising assist from the state Supreme Court, which ruled that the paycheck protection law places "too heavy" a burden on the free-speech rights of the union.

The case has now been bumped up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments in January--in what could be the most important First Amendment decision in years.



Read the column.

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0 comments | December 01, 2006 | 2:23 PM | posted by Mike Reitz

Capital Research Center's Labor Watch features a comprehensive review of the union dues cases.

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